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    Did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really need him? – Paul Merson questions re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Football   |   September 30, 2021

     

    Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has questioned Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s move to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo. The star striker made his return to Old Trafford after 12 long years as he made a move from Juventus for a whopping deal of $27 million..

    Ronaldo made a staggering start for the Red Devils as he scored four goals in his first three matches for the club. However, Manchester United has veered off the track as they have lost their last three out of four matches in all competitions. The United lost against Aston Villa by 1-0 on their home turf after losing to West Ham United in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup.

    Thus, a lot of Football experts have raised question marks on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics after the team has suffered three losses in the last four games and hasn’t looked at their absolute best.

    Speaking to Sky Sports (via the Mirror), Paul Merson said: “They need to get the right team – you are playing Aston Villa at home, who have not really got going this season, although if you beat them, it is still a good three points. But there is no need at Old Trafford to be playing two holding midfielders against Villa. Take the game to Villa straight away, if I’m them, that is telling me they are worried about us.

    “The balance is all wrong and I said when Cristiano Ronaldo came he would not be the same player and did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really need him?”

    Merson added that if Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp, or Pep Guardiola were at Manchester United, then the club would have definitely had a chance of winning the Premier League.

    “This is the way I look at it – if Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola were at Manchester United, they would have every single chance of winning the Premier League, it is as simple as that. But I’ve said from day one they have no chance of winning the Premier League.”

    Manchester United will face Villareal in their second Champions League match after losing their opener against Young Boys by 2-1 and Ronaldo will look to inspire his team.

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